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2024 National Civil Engineering Department Heads Conference

In June 2024, civil engineering department heads and chairs from around the country will gather at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville to discuss the critical issues facing higher education today—specifically in civil, construction, and environmental engineering. They will also be learning how to become more effective leaders. The conference is a partnership between the Department Heads Coordinating Council, American Society of Civil Engineers, and the University of Tennessee’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. This gathering is a great opportunity to network with leaders from around the country. Visit ASCE for more information and updates about the conference.

Conference Highlights

  • Pre-conference opportunities
    • New Chairs Workshop
    • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors: Environmental Engineering Program Leaders meeting
    • Women and Women-Identifying Department Chairs Networking Lunch Session
    • General Networking Lunch Session
  • Speakers including ASCE President Marsia Geldert-Murphey and ASCE President Elect: Feniosky Pena-Mora
  • Session and breakout topics such as:
    • Artificial Intelligence in Civil Engineering
    • Future of Civil Engineering: Industry
    • Future of Civil Engineering: Education
    • NSF Engineering Research Visioning Alliance
    • Entrepreneurship in Civil Engineering
    • Student and Faculty Wellness
    • Conflict Management
    • Success as Chair
    • View ASCE’s Cities of the Future movie
    • ABET updates
  • Explore the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, a fun and educational museum, for Monday evening’s reception
  • See the University of Tennessee’s state-of-the-art Zeanah Engineering Complex at Tuesday evening’s reception on-campus

Conference Info

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UT is Tennessee’s flagship university and premier public research institution. It is classified as producing very high research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education in the Doctoral Universities R1 category. The university is home to 11 colleges, including the Tickle College of Engineering, and more than 900 programs of study.

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Knoxville offers small town charm with the amenities you expect to find in a big city. Restaurants, shopping, an outdoor farmers’ market, street festivals, the Sunsphere, history collections, and museums are all just a few short blocks from campus. A free downtown trolley will take you around town or you can take advantage of the city’s plentiful greenways.

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If the Great Outdoors is your thing, Knoxville is home to plenty of hiking and biking trails, rivers, lakes, and parks. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just a 45-minute drive from Knoxville and encompasses over 800 square miles of hiking trails and beautiful scenery. Plus, Asheville, North Carolina, a bustling city with art at its core, is within driving distance.

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Getting Here

UT is located in Knoxville, Tennessee, near the Great Smoky Mountains. We recommend flying to Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) for most attendees. The airport is located just 12 miles from downtown Knoxville and boasts 120 daily flights from more than 20 nonstop destinations. Rideshare services including Lyft and Uber operate in Knoxville.